Hey, Who’s Up For Some Class Warfare

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The Democrats are now convinced that they can win every election with class warfare. So long as they can convince Republicans to keep running stiff wealthy businessmen against them. But we’re not exactly dealing with a party that thinks beyond ways of sticking taxpayers with their latest “government meeting” and “donor payoff” bill.

A George Soros-funded radical think tank with close ties to the Democratic Party has launched a new website urging politicians and activists to wage class warfare while hailing what it calls a new era in politics – the use of class warfare to win elections.

CAF’s co-director, Robert Borosage, explained the need for such a website.

“America’s growing diversity and its increasingly socially liberal attitudes played a big role in this election. But looking back, we are likely to see this as the first of the class warfare elections of our new Gilded Age of extreme inequality,” he wrote in a statement.

“More and more of our elections going forward will feature class warfare – only this time with the middle class fighting back. And candidates are going to have to be clear about which side they are on,” he wrote.

I don’t think Bob Borosage really wants the middle class fighting back. The only middle class he wants fighting back is the one that holds down government jobs and feeds off the working middle class.

But let’s look at who the Reign of Obama has benefited. Was it the middle class of the 1 percent?

According to NYU economics professor Edward Wolff, the median wealth of American households is down shockingly from 2007 to 2010; the top 1 percent, however, increased their wealth by a stunning 71 percent.

And who are the 1 percent?

In an election that often focused on debates about class warfare, President Barack Obama was favored over multimillionaire businessman Mitt Romney in eight of the nation’s 10 wealthiest counties.

And his margin of victory in all eight counties was greater than that of the national vote, in which Obama was leading by 50 percent to 48 percent with 97 percent of precincts reporting.

The Washington region has emerged from the recession looking even more affluent compared with the rest of the country, boasting seven of the 10 counties with the highest household incomes in the nation, new census numbers show.

Here’s your class warfare. The real deal in all its tawdry liberal glory. The redistribution isn’t going from middle class whites to poor blacks, that’s just another tier of the scam. The actual redistribution takes money from the working middle class and gives it to the government middle and upper classes.

It’s the Russian economy with an American flag and a framed photo of Obama in the background.

  • Get Real

    I don't follow the author's logic – why would voters in the wealthiest counties support redistribution to the government middle and upper classes – that makes no sense! The most meaningful statement is found in Arnold Ahlert's piece The Deduction Cap Trap: "the top 2 percent of income earners also produce over 30 percent of U.S. consumer spending, with the top 5 percent accounting for 40 percent of it." tells how dire our countries economic health is in. This concentration of wealth is incompatible with a healthy democracy and the necessary middle class to support it, yet the authors can only defend catering to the super rich since they have the pot of gold.

    • Mike in VA

      Get real, Get Real. Obviously, there is no shortage of rich Leftists and wealthy bureaucrats in this country as the president's lavish fundraisers and victories in 8 of the 10 richest counties attest. How this would come as a surprise to anyone is a mystery to me.

      I might be wrong, but I suspect the Dan Greenfield and Arnold Ahlert aren't swimming in a pot of gold like the rich Leftists who voted for Barack Obama.

    • heres how

      Because when taxes go up, the middle class and small business owners struggle with extra costs and may go out of business. The wealthiest Americans then buy up those small businesses and expand their own businesses and wealth. The only people who really benefit ultimately from redistribution are those in power and their allies.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Any sudden change can hurt the liquidity of a business, viable or not. You're right that in such circumstances, the rich are best-positioned to exploit them.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "I don't follow the author's logic – why would voters in the wealthiest counties support redistribution to the government middle and upper classes – that makes no sense! "

      Some don't, some do, but expect to benefit and others feel they can tolerate it for the perceived benefits to the country (not all rich people are narcissistic but simply prefer to control who they give charity to). But for the most part, the rhetoric used makes most rich people think they aren't the target, even when they're wrong. That's why they coined the deceptive term "the 1%" to target "those people" meanwhile the money will come from the relatively rich middle class…from their operating capital.

      A few will pay more from their salaries too, just as most people envision. It's still not good because it doesn't treat the economy as a dynamic force, which is the only way one can operate. You can't just manipulate one stream of money without changing the outcome of the entire stream. That's why they call it a stream, or flow. They're throwing in filters and resistance without any expectation that they'll slow down the flow, which hurts the bottom line of our national productivity.

  • Mary Sue

    The liberals that claim the rich steal from the poor are telling the truth…ABOUT THEMSELVES!

    • objectivefactsmatter

      I was thinking exactly that (long before today).

  • bob samuel

    i wasn't lucky to have any of government's assistant.

  • Thomas Wells

    The Obaminites are members of the criminal class.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      One of the few classes we should be at war with, yet we're not really.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "It’s the Russian economy with an American flag and a framed photo of Obama in the background.It’s the Russian economy with an American flag and a framed photo of Obama in the background."

    The Soviet's lost the cold war, but the USA lost its mind and now both ancestors have communist leaders and socialist economies.

  • Mike in VA

    "The actual redistribution takes money from the working middle class and gives it to the government middle and upper classes.

    It’s the Russian economy with an American flag and a framed photo of Obama in the background."

    Sounds more like the Soviet economy to me.

  • http://twitter.com/Kenrick66 @Kenrick66

    Get Real: The Washington-Baltimore corridor is top heavy with super rich gonzos, lobbyists, lawyers, and pseudo-entrepreneurs who invest taxpayer money in enterprises that have the approval of Washington D.C., and who have connections to Congress and the bureaucracies and the White House. They are the federally created oligarchy. Their estates and swanky condos litter the landscape up there. And don't forget San Francisco, a city on the skids but which Obama flies to and is hosted by the super-rich oligarchy there to raise millions for his ongoing election campaign.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Get Real:"

      Another liberal motto: Perception is reality.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “America’s growing diversity and its increasingly socially liberal attitudes played a big role in this election. But looking back, we are likely to see this as the first of the class warfare elections of our new Gilded Age of extreme inequality,” he wrote in a statement.

    Well they aren't trying very hard to hide their sleazy attitudes these days.